China is steadily marching toward the moon. They successfully landed the uncrewed Chang’e-4 on the far side of the moon, earlier this year. Two temporary Chinese space stations, Tiangong-1 and Tiangong-2, currently have crew aboard. And, they now say that they plan to have a presence on the lunar surface with a moon base at the lunar south pole in “about 10 years.” That’s according to space.com.
It’s clear that China means business when it comes to whatever is to be gained by being stationed on the surface of the moon. China outspends every other country on spaceflight, except the U.S. And, in addition to the temporary space stations the China National Space Administration (CSNA) currently has in operation, it plans to put a more permanent station into orbit next year. This is their very own station, not affiliated with the International Space Station (ISS).
It looks like we are looking at another version of the space race. The U.S. and NASA have also got their sights on the moon. The only thing is, we can’t currently get astronauts there without Russian help, our privatized space travel options (SpaceX, Blue Origin) are slow to come to fruition and the ISS is reaching the end of its operational life span. So, China is winning this race almost before it starts. And, because the U.S. and China do not cooperate in space…this could get interesting. Stay tuned.
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